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Resurrection Celebration

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Easter Dawn - Oliver Neale
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

For Easter Morning I shared a poem as part of my sermon.  A number of folk have asked where it was from.  It was written by Malcolm Guite - an English singer-songwriter, priest, poet and much more! His blog is here and contains a lot of sonnets which cover special days through the Christian year.  Seventy of those sonnets have been compiled into a book called ‘Sounding The Seasons’ which can be got from all good bookstores and also on Amazon in paperback or on Kindle.

Here’s the poem

XV Easter Dawn

He blesses every love which weeps and grieves

And now he blesses hers who stood and wept

And would not be consoled, or leave her love’s

Last touching place, but watched as low light crept

Up from the east. A sound behind her stirs

A scatter of bright birdsong through the air.

She turns, but cannot focus through her tears,

Or recognise the Gardener standing there.

She hardly hears his gentle question ‘Why,

Why are you weeping?’, or sees the play of light

That brightens as she chokes out her reply

‘They took my love away, my day is night’

And then she hears her name, she hears Love say

The Word that turns her night, and ours, to Day.

It can be found on Malcolm’s blog here.

And whilst on this theme, the amazing celebration of Resurrection, there is a video which I often refer to in my Easter musings, by theologian and pastor Rob Bell called, simply, Resurrection. It’s a short video and I think worth adding to this post.  Happy Easter!  Happy Resurrection Day!  Alleluia - Christ is Risen!